The Volusia County School Board on Wednesday unanimously approved "Zoe’s Policy," which will allow students to receive medical marijuana at school.
The policy implementation came to be after the community rallied behind 6-year-old Zoe Adams, now the policy’s namesake.
“I am deeply moved,” said Zoe’s dad, J.J. Adams. “Her legacy will live on even after she doesn't, and I commend you guys for this.”
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Zoe is living with a degenerative disorder that will ultimately be fatal. Her parents found that over-the-counter hemp CBD oil helps soothe Zoe’s symptoms, making it easier for her to focus in class and sleep through the night.
But they hit a roadblock when they tried to get the substance to Zoe at school in March: school and district officials said it was against federal law. But under state law, the substance could be allowed.
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That conflict led her parents, backed by a community that dubbed themselves “Zoe’s Army” and wore purple shirts to a September School Board meeting, to lobby for a policy allowing medical marijuana. Board members have enthusiastically supported the policy, which basically allow parents and caregivers to come to campus and administer the drugs.
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“Thank you for standing up, thank you for being open and thank you for being human,” said Zoe’s mom, Kim Adams.
Four other districts in Florida have similar policies, including Flagler County. At a meeting in September, board members expressed interest in establishing a policy to address staff members who need to use medical marijuana -- and Zoe's parents are passionate about that, too.
"We want to fight for the teachers as well that are suffering through illnesses of their own," J.J. Adams said. "Hopefully we can find a common way to combat that as well. Zoe’s Policy doesn’t stop with kids."